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Devotional - week of October 28, 2007


IDLE TALES?

 

And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.  Luke 24:1

On the third day following Jesus’ crucifixion, a group of women went to His tomb. They discovered that Jesus had been raised from the dead. They went to the eleven Apostles and told them. Their words seemed to have been idle tales to the eleven.

 

The message about Jesus dying, being buried and being raised from the grave as “The Last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45) seemingly is considered by many believers to be an idle tale.  

 

Romans 5:12-14 reveals that when the first Adam sinned by eating from the wrong tree, he infected himself and all who would follow. Each would be born with a sin nature and a death nature. We know by experience that we are infected. Romans 5:14 closes with the words, “Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.” The word “type” indicates a picture.

 

The picture of Jesus presented in Romans 5:12-14 is that Jesus—The Last Adam—is the head of a spiritual race. When we entered His race, things that were true of Him became true of us. Those things are crucifixion, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5).

 

Those who treat this important truth as an idle tale fail to experience the fullness of God’s plan for all believers.

 

Those who believe and experience what is already true of them experience freedom from the power of sin, being filled with the Holy Spirit—and many other blessings.

 

Those of us who have experienced Jesus as The Last Adam testify that God has brought about radical changes in our lives and in our ministries.

 

We can praise God that the eleven Apostles finally were convinced that Jesus was alive. We praise God every time we know another child of God looks upon Jesus as The Last Adam.

 

Leading a person to salvation through Jesus motivates us to tell others. Leading a believer to see Jesus as the Last Adam motivates us to tell others.

 

A wonderful ministry to believers awaits those of us who are experiencing Jesus as The Last Adam.